Former NBA All-Star Michael Finley eyes comeback
Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Before fully devoting his time as a front-office man for the Dallas Mavericks, former NBA All-Star Michael Finley is eyeing another on-court shot.
Finley is working hard to return to basketball shape, hoping that teams are interested in getting the services of a 39-year-old shooting guard.
Last spring, Finley started working as a prominent member of the Mavericks’ front-office team after team owner Mark Cuban saw his potential as an executive.
After that, Cuban commissioned Finley, coach Rick Carlisle and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson to recruit prized point guard Deron Williams but failed to lure him from the Brooklyn Nets.
Finley, together with former teammate Eduardo Najera, then resumed working for Nelson as special assistants to the GM but did not stop training for his comeback bid.
After Nelson claimed that the two are working for him, sources said the Mavericks invited Finley to training camp as a player on a non-guaranteed contract but a calf injury derailed his comeback bid.
Finley has fully recovered from the injury and now pitching himself to teams as a capable shooter off the bench and mentor to young players.
According to sources, Finley has been encouraged by the positive impact Rasheed Wallace has made in New York after coming out of retirement as well as Jerry Stackhouse’s recent move to Brooklyn.
A 15-year veteran, Finley averaged 15.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 1,103 games with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics. He last played with the Celtics during the 2010 playoffs.